Leadership Team

Meet Our Compassionate Innovators

Our mission is to transform your treatment experience.
We would like to share with you how our lives have been personally transformed.

Bob Paulson

President & Chief Executive Officer
Marrying my best friend 30%
Dad to 4 independent kids 35%
Making a difference 30%
Life long learning 5%

Bob joined NxThera as its president and chief executive officer and a director in 2009 and has more than 20 years of experience in the medical device industry. Prior to joining NxThera, Bob was president, chief executive officer and a director of Restore Medical from 2005 until the company’s acquisition by Medtronic in July of 2008. Previous to Restore, Bob was the chief financial officer and vice president of global marketing for Endocardial Solutions, which was acquired by St. Jude Medical in 2005.

Michael Hoey

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
My Kids 40%
My father’s passing 40%
Starting NxThera 10%
Love 10%

Michael co-founded NxThera in 2008 to develop and commercialize the urology applications of the vapor platform technology that he invented.  Michael has been a director and chief technology officer since NxThera’s inception. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Michael taught in several departments and performed research at the University of Minnesota, including the Department of Physiology, the Department of Urologic Surgery in the School of Medicine, the Institute of Technology, and the Carlson School of Management. Professor Hoey also taught in the department of Biological Sciences at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Michael is an expert in the interaction of thermotherapy and tissue and a prolific inventor, with 72 patents granted and 94 patents pending, the majority of which are in the medical device field.

Carmen L. Bringgold

Chief Financial Officer & Sr. Vice President of Commercialization
My daughters 35%
International travel 30%
Father’s work ethic 20%
Living throughout the United States 15%

Carmen joined NxThera as its chief financial officer and sr. vice president of commercialization in October 2012, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the medical device industry.  Prior to joining NxThera, Carmen served as the global chief financial officer of Tornier, N.V., an orthopaedic extremities company, through the period of its initial public offering.  From 2006 to 2010, Carmen served as the chief operating and financial officer of Spine Wave, Inc., a venture-backed spinal implants company.

Maximillian D. Fiore

Chief Development & Operations Officer
Meeting and marrying the most wonderful girl in the world 40%
Putting novel medical devices into the world 30%
Mentoring as a way to give back 20%
Restoring a Classic Aircraft 10%

Mr. Fiore brings more than 30 years of experience in the medical device industry in a variety of product development, operations and R&D leadership roles. He most recently served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for American Medical Systems, a global leader in urology, from 2009-2013. Prior to AMS, Max held a variety of R&D and operations leadership roles at OmniSonics, Smith&Nephew, Aradigm Corp, LifeScan (a Johnson and Johnson Company), Abbott Laboratories, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Max earned his BSEE (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) and BSEngr (Biomedical Engineering) from Northwestern University, and his MSEE (Biomedical Instrumentation) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Michael Kujak

Chief Marketing Officer
Marriage & Kids 42%
Making a Difference 24%
Boy Scouts 14%
Giving Back 20%

Mike joins NxThera with more than 25 years of broad healthcare marketing and sales leadership experience in medical devices, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, clinical research and payer economics. Prior to joining NxThera, Mike was Vice President and General Manager of the Prostate Health business unit of American Medical Systems, which develops and delivers medical device solutions to treat BPH, prostate cancer and stone disease. Mike received his MBA from the OPUS College of Business, University of St. Thomas and a BS in physics and chemistry from the University of South Dakota.

Cindy Ogden

Vice President, Clinical Affairs
Family 43%
Working at AMS 22%
Working in AUS & DE 16%
Moving to MPLS 19%

Cindy joined NxThera in 2012.   She has 20 years of medical device clinical research experience in cardiology, immunology, pulmonology, and female pelvic health, specializing twelve of those years in early stage first-in-human and pre-market trials for medical device start-ups.   During her career, Cindy has specialized in creating and motivating high performing teams through authentic leadership in order to achieve accelerated clinical trial execution.

Libra Medical, Inc.

Regulatory and Quality Consulting

Libra Medical has been a key advisor to NxThera in the areas of clinical trial strategy, regulatory affairs and quality assurance since 2009.  Libra Medical advises NxThera on the development of its global regulatory, clinical and quality assurance strategies, and provides consulting support to NxThera in the tactical execution of these projects and programs.

our goal: changing lives